6 American athletes you didn’t know are actually multilingual.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Mar 7, 2017 8:34:10 PM

Professional athletes: they’re cooler than cool. Revered by children around the world and hailed as celebrities by sports super fans, America can’t get enough of professional athletes. And why not? These are individuals who have spent their entire lives training to become the very best at the sport they love.

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Moving abroad? Here’s why you should drop everything and learn the language first.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Mar 6, 2017 5:18:18 PM

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from being polyglots (and meeting countless others), it’s that language learning and wanderlust go hand in hand. There are a variety of reasons to study a second language - even without the incentive of travel. It can open up new job opportunities in your home country, you’ll gain valuable phonetic skills, and it’s a nice boost for your cultural IQ - just to name a few.

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5 global Carnival celebrations that might give Rio a run for its money.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Feb 25, 2017 5:03:00 AM

The ever-anticipated Carnival season is finally here, and you can bet that countries around the world are already geared up and ready to go. From endless parades to intricately designed masks and musical competitions, there is always something to love about Carnival no matter where you choose to celebrate it.

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Apply Now: Announcing Mango/NMRT’s Professional Development Grant 2017.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 23, 2017 5:33:58 PM

If you know Mango (and if you don’t, hi!), you know that we love our librarians. Even more importantly, we believe in librarians. We could go on about the reasons why, but chief among them is that librarians are in perfect step with Mango’s mission to enrich lives with language and culture.

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Japan’s Saidaiji Eyō (Naked Festival): Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 18, 2017 3:53:00 AM

What are you doing on Saturday, February 18th? If your answer doesn’t involve 9,000 Japanese men in loincloths battling over a pair of lucky sticks, then you might want to make a change of plans. Let us explain.

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Are the Romance languages really more romantic? And other important questions.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 14, 2017 8:22:00 AM

Valentine’s Day is here, and we’re feeling romantic. But when you bring up romance in an office full of linguists and polyglots, you’re bound to get schooled on what it really means to be Romantic. Honestly, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Behind the design: Somali and Hmong Manguitos.

By Mango Languages |   Feb 2, 2017 2:43:06 PM

We’re excited to provide a behind-the-scenes look into what exactly goes into the illustrations and designs that you see in our course imagery. Read on to hear directly from one of our designers about how he chose the style and colors for our two newest Manguitos: Somali and Hmong.

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You know about IQ and EQ — what about CQ (cultural competency)?

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 31, 2017 5:38:00 AM

Now more than ever, we live in a diverse, multicultural world. As our world changes, so does our definition of intelligence and what it takes to be successful. Many of us grew up with the idea that your IQ, a test score designed to measure your intelligence, is a key indicator of your future success. More recently, the idea of emotional intelligence, your ability to identify and manage your feelings and those of others, is factored into your ability to succeed. Now, the trifecta is complete with the rise of cultural competency (CQ): your capacity to successfully work and build relationships in multicultural scenarios.

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5 things you need to know about the Year of the Rooster.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 28, 2017 6:20:00 AM

Here in the United States, many of our most widely celebrated holidays are winding down. With the new year already underway, we’re looking for something new to celebrate which brings us to Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, and usually falls between late January and end of February.

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4 incredible competitions happening right now at Easter Island’s Tapati Festival.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 26, 2017 6:53:00 PM

During the first two weeks of February, Easter Island transforms into  one of the most magical cultural celebrations on the planet. Tapati Rapa Nui Festival, meaning “Rapa Nui week,” is the most important — and largest — cultural celebration on Easter Island. The festival took root in 1968 with the goal of celebrating the unique culture of the Rapa Nui and to teach and promote their traditions to the next generation.

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